It's time to switch to winter tyres!
Winter is with us. It’s time to change your tyres. Before fitting your winter tyres, check them for any signs of wear. Perhaps it’s time to change them. Don’t forget your snow chains since they may be mandatory at certain times. As for your summer tyres, make sure they are stored properly to find them in perfect condition next summer. Also, remember to adjust the tyre pressure to the temperature.
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When should you fit your winter tyres?
Winter tyres are designed to deliver maximum performance when the average temperature drops below 7°C. When should I change them? In temperate countries, a good rule of thumb is when the clocks go back at the end of October. However, in Nordic or Central European countries, winter tyres are fitted earlier. In certain countries, it is even mandatory to fit winter tyres during the coldest weeks.
Different types of equipment to cope with winter
Winter (or Alpine) tyres, Nordic tyres, studded tyres, all season tyres: There are several types of tyres geared for winter conditions. Each one corresponds to a specific use and weather conditions. Also, regulations and/or weather conditions sometimes require you to have a set of snow chains in the boot.
Perhaps it’s time to change your tyres…
Before fitting your winter tyres, check their general state. Tread depth, difference in wear between two tyres on the same axle, punctures or deformations: If your tyres show any of these signs, then change them immediately.
Winter driving tips
Winter tyres are much safer on ice and snow covered roads. However, rules for driving in bad weather should not be forgotten.
What to do with summer tyres in winter?
To maintain their full potential, summer tyres must be stored properly. Temperature and humidity conditions, storage means: Certain rules must be respected. A practical solution if you are struggling to find space is to store your tyres at a fitting centre. Several retailers offer this service.
Adjust the pressure of winter tyres
Tyre pressure decreases as the temperature drops, so add a few tenths of a bar to the figures specified by the manufacturer.
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